Holly J. Hughes
From across the waters of the Salish Sea, we welcome back esteemed Pacific Northwest poet Holly J. Hughes. The author of the full-length collection, Sailing By Ravens and chapbook collections Boxing the Compass and Passings, she is here today with her stellar new collection, Hold Fast (Empty Bowl).
"Holly J. Hughes writes poems that live, breathe, and 'dance two feelings at once.' They shine with gratitude; they are darkened by desire. They struggle against mortality; they bask in its beauty. Hold Fast is set in midlife as change ravages family, nation, and the earth, when nostalgia starts pulling the mind one way, yearning the other. And still, Hughes never overlooks the glories of the ordinary, sensory world—an autumn swim in the lake, a tangle of branches brought indoors. I'm so moved by these poems. They've become my companions."—Kathleen Flenniken